COLUMBUS — State Senator Sean O’Brien (D-Bazetta) has introduced a bill to repeal House Bill 6, a controversial bailout of a pair of nuclear power plants that is at the heart of a $60 million corruption scheme.
Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder was arrested last week, and has been accused of participating in a conspiracy to pass a billion-dollar bailout of Ohio’s two nuclear power plants.
Since he was arraigned, there have been calls for Householder to resign from speakership, and to repeal H.B. 6.
O’Brien announced that he would be introducing the bill on Wednesday of last week. The bill was introduced on Friday. The bill would be a clean repeal of H.B. 6, O’Brien said.
“The events of this week involving Speaker Householder put into stark relief the insidious and pervasive role played by dark money in American politics throughout the country,” O’Brien said in a statement.
“Failure to repeal H.B. 6 would allow it to stand as a monument to the corrupting power of dark money interests – now and into the future – to bend the legislature to their will as long as they are willing to spend enough cash.”
Senator Stephanie Kunze (R-Hilliard) co-sponsored the bill. The bill has bipartisan support, with 15 senators signed onto it as co-sponsors, according to the statement.
Last week, after Householder was arrested, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said the bill should stay in place, before changing his opinion and calling for it to be repealed.
O’Brien’s repeal bill has not been given a number or assigned a committee yet, according to a spokesperson from O’Brien’s office.